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open water trolling?

open water trolling?

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Hi, Couldnt have said it better Aaron. Good advice! Id go with the Guns & Roses too. Pete http://www.esoxangler.com

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Thanks for the info Guys, this is a great site. I will be fishing in mid june and again in early august. I will have to give it a try. sorry, I dont think Ill be listening to opera either, hope Guns N Roses works just as well. :eg:
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The suggestion to look for baitfish is a good one. However....dont rely on this. Ive had the most success open water trolling when Im not seeing any baitfish at all. The reason (in my opinion) is that the most active muskies in open water are chasing baitfish that are higher in the water column. So if you go over these schools, youre going to spook them before your sonar has a chance to pick them up. What I would do is keep in mind where youre seeing baitfish on your depthfinder for sure. But dont think thats where you have to be trolling. In addition to watching your electronics, look for baitfish splashing on the surface or even groups of loons. The loons are there for a reason....food. Anytime of year can be good for open water trolling. But Ive had my best success in June and then again later in the fall. Aaron Musky Tackle Online
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Andy; I never would have guessed that fish would hit trolled lures that were under them. I always thought that by the time a fish could realize the lure was there, it would be out of site of a muskie. And, like any "old wives tale", it was what I had been told many times before. John
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John that is a false myth. After 15 years of fishing for muskies and many years of observing them in a fish tank. I can tell you muskies can see bait below them in the water colum. My buddy has muskies in a 150 gallon tank. He gets a few new ones from the state to grow out each year. Muskies can easily see and eat goldfish on the bottom of the tank even from the top. The thing is a muskies eyes are on the side of their heads not the top. They can see below themselves out to the side. Just not directly below. Once a food item is picked up the fish points itself at the bait and uses it byfocal vision to pinpoint the strike. This can happen fast. If you look at the downrigger cam shots from Capt. Bob Walters you will see some hits come from above. Most hits more than likely occur from below in a trolling situation. However i have done extreamly well bottom bouncing so you should forget about that old wives tale. Andy
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Opera? Now theres something I havent tried. Pete http://www.esoxangler.com

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Remember that muskies will swim up to hit a lure, but not down. John
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Michael, The picture in my avator is of a northern pike my wife caught while we were open water trolling in Canada. What I look for is bait fish as Andy said. It seems if they are balled up and off the bottom I have had the best success. When they are hugging the bottom I have generally been unfruitful. It also seems some lakes are better than others. Lakes with deep water forage such as ciscoes can be quite good. It can be a fun way to explore a lake. Loud music also helps drown out jetski sounds during the day and keep others at a safe distance. This year I am considering trying opera on the stereo on busy lake traffic days. Smile Jeff Anderson
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Look for bait on your sonar. Use proven lures at varing depths. One overlooked key is setting the drag properly for the lure your useing and speed your trolling. Faster smaller hooks lighter drag. Big hooks slow speeds tighter drag. If trolling is not popular in your area don`t forget to troll deeper structure as well as open water.
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I am fairly new to the musky sport, and i primarily just cast. I have heard about open water trolling, and that it can catch alot of fish. I would like to try this or would i just be wasting good fishing time. If anybody has any information on this, as what areas to look for, depth, time of year, speed and lure type/depth, it would be very much appreciated. Thanks, Michael
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